HS2: Opening the door for East Midlands potential
The Nottinghamshire suburb of Toton has been chosen as the site of the only East Midlands combined HS2 and mainline station for the £56bn high-speed rail network project.
Adrian Smith, of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “This is a region that has historically been left behind. That is why we are so passionate about this”. The development is among four sites close together that could create more than 5,000 homes and 50,000 jobs. Under present plans London would be less than an hour away, with Birmingham only 20 minutes away.
The Government contributed £2million towards setting up the East Midlands Development Corporation and continues to find support, including Robert Jenrick, a Treasury Minister and MP for Newark. Another supporter is Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect who said: “This is the epitome of rebalancing the economy. HS2 is not just about the train line. It is the biggest investment in the region for decades. It has to happen.”
Lorraine Baggs from Invest in Nottingham has a similar viewpoint stating: "a project of this scale is a once-in-a-generation scheme which will open up a wealth of investment opportunities for decades to come…Nottingham is increasingly attractive to inward investors across all sectors, thanks in part to the landmark Southside regeneration, believed by many to be the largest such scheme in the UK – and the arrival of HS2 will provide a further economic boost to the region.”